If you’ve spent most of your trip in Thailand eating and drinking (who can blame you), then you might feel like some type of exercise is needed in your life. Luckily for travelers to Northern Thailand, the yoga in Chiang Mai is top-notch. Filled with exemplary studios with teachers and students from all around the globe, the options here are plentiful. Whether you’re looking for an advanced class or something slow-paced, you’re sure to find the perfect studio for you in this northern Thai city.
Yoga Mind Yoga Body
Forget the caffeine and instead get energized by the incredible, private classes offered at Yoga Mind Yoga Body. This yoga studio is run by Gernot Huber, and yogis of all levels are welcome to join him in his practice. Each private class integrates a casual, open dialogue on breath, anatomy, and so much more, leaving you feeling more mindful and open after every session. In addition to owning his own private studio, Huber also teaches at Wild Rose Yoga Studio and The Yoga Tree. You can join him in these group classes or book privately; it is entirely up to you. Huber is happy to teach you at his studio or meet you at your house or hotel to further your practice. Yoga Mind Yoga Body will be moving locations on June 30, 2018, so be sure to check out their new studio and partake in yoga in Chiang Mai with a professional!
- Private class: ฿1,800 per hour (฿200 for each additional person)
Freedom Yoga and Cafe
Yoga in Chiang Mai just got a whole lot more challenging thanks to Freedom Yoga and Cafe. This traditional, Thai-style house is tucked away in a quiet area east of the Old City. They hold 90-minute sessions twice a day at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Freedom Yoga offers a variety of classes: hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, yin yoga and restorative classes, and even an introductory class for beginners. The intimate and highly technical classes encourage students to push beyond their limits and focus on correct alignment and breathing. The founders, Ning and Adam, opened Freedom Yoga in 2016 with the goal of help others bring mindfulness and fulfillment to their lives, and they have certainly succeeded. Yoga mats and other props are included.
- Drop-in: ฿250 (90-minute class)
- 5 class pass: ฿1,100
- 10 class pass: ฿2,000
Namo Yoga in Chiang Mai
Name Yoga offers a number of different wellness courses, including massage courses, health and wellness courses, and, of course, yoga classes. They focus on all of their visitors’ overall well-being, including both the mental and physical pros of partaking in a yoga class. They have daily, drop-in classes and booking ahead of time is not required. There is free drinking water and all levels are welcome. Mats are also provided, so just bring yourself and prepare for an epic, 90-minute session with one of their experienced teachers. Be sure to show up about 15 minutes ahead of class to grab your spot! In addition to yoga, Namo also offers a half-day massage course, a two and three-day intensive massage training course, and a course on how to give a Thai massage. Each includes a textbook, as well!
- Drop-in: ฿280
- Five-class pass: ฿1,200
Located in Nimman, this yoga studio is situated in an office building off a small street. All levels are welcome to join their classes, which include a morning slow flow, ashtanga yoga, vinyasa flow, and restorative and stretching classes like “happy hips/leg flow” and “back/shoulders care.” The mats provided are superb, offering a perfectly cushioned and grippy foundation. The air-conditioned studio has walls lined with mirrors to help perfect each pose and correct your alignment. The teachers are excellent and make sure to give alternative poses for every level so each person feels comfortable trying something new.
- Drop-in: ฿250
- Five-class pass (valid 30 days): ฿1,000
- One week unlimited: ฿1,200
- One month unlimited: ฿3,000
Wild Rose Yoga
Get to know yourself, be mindful of your breathing, and learn new techniques in which to move your body at Wild Rose Yoga. This Thai-style yoga house is perfect for all levels, and the goal of every class is for each participant to leave feeling more conscious of both their mind and body afterward. The instructors here are super attentive and offer alternative poses, should you find yourself trying to tangle your limbs just a bit too far for comfort. Wild Rose Yoga also offers yoga teaching training, should you want to take your yoga to the next level. The studio itself is in the heart of the city, so you do not have to travel far to practice. Some of the classes that are available at Wild Rose Yoga include karma yoga, hatha yoga, warrior yoga flow, vinyasa morning core yoga class, and many more. In addition to great yoga classes, the staff here is both friendly and knowledgeable about the city, so feel free to ask them any questions you may have after class!
- Drop-in: ฿250-400 (depending on the class)
- Five class pass: ฿1,000
Tantra yoga first became popular in India in the fourth and fifth centuries. Tantra shifted what yoga was believed to be; primarily focusing solely on meditating and sitting … for a very long time. But tantra yoga has grown immensely in popularity, and one of the best places to try your hand at this branch of yoga is at Mahasiddha Yoga in Chiang Mai. Mahasiddha Yoga is a large studio that specializes in tantra yoga. Mahasiddha Yoga offers anywhere from five to eight classes per week of yoga and tantra, as well as a men’s and women’s circle and more. They also offer free classes on occasion, so be sure to check their schedule to see which one might be a good fit for you. In addition to offering incredible tantra classes, this studio also has free events held every Sunday, whether that be meditation or something more casual like a movie night. This is one yoga studio you must check out before departing Chiang Mai!
- Drop-in: ฿220
- Monthly yoga or tantra: ฿700
- Monthly yoga and tantra: ฿1,200
Om Ganesha Yoga in Chiang Mai
Get ready to sweat at Om Ganesha Yoga. This yoga studio is found in Nimman, a simple ฿30 ride from the city center. Classes are only ฿250 for a drop-in with plenty of class types to choose from. The schedule changes every week, with everything from vinyasa flow to power stretching to choose from. There are three classes a day held at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 5:30 a.m. which are 60-75 minutes in length. There is also scheduled free time for yogis to book private lessons with one of their experienced teachers. The schedule even indicates whether or not the classes are for beginners, intermediate, advanced, or all levels, so you do not have to worry about dropping into a class that is going to leave you sore for weeks to come. Yoga mats and props are provided, and the studio is found on the second floor.
- Drop-in: ฿250
- 6 classes in one month: ฿1,100
- 10 classes in 45 days: ฿1,500
- 30 classes in 4 months: ฿3,600
Location: Suk Kasame Road, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai, 50200 — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 81 673 2396 | [email protected] | Facebook
Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. | Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. | Sunday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
I was a bit skeptical about joining a free yoga class, but One Nimman ended up being one of my favorite-ever yoga classes. The courtyard at Nimman One shopping center hosts various events like organic farmers markets, free salsa classes, pop-up shops, and more. Even when it’s broiling out, the open-air wooden structure manages to keep everybody cool in the shade while they practice.
There are several rotating yoga instructors that teach this class: hatha on Tuesdays and hatha vinyasa on Thursdays. Their exceptional technique and cheeky sense of humor create a positive and constructive atmosphere to do yoga in Chiang Mai. By taking everyone step-by-step through each pose, they facilitate the proper way to enter and maintain a pose that will be most beneficial to your body. The teacher I had also managed to give each person attention and help, even though there were more than forty of us. Mats are provided at this popular class, but be sure to come early to get a good spot!
Location: Su Thep, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Contact: +66 52 080 900 | Facebook
Hours: Free classes every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at One Sala courtyard
Bodhi Tree Cafe
Bodhi Tree Cafe in Chiang Mai is a triple threat. Not only does this venue offer yoga classes, but it also has Thai cooking classes as well as a delicious restaurant on site serving up some of the best cuisine in town. Let’s move on from the mouthwatering cuisine (for now) and focus instead on the incredible classes offered at Bodhi Tree Cafe. Located on the second floor of the restaurant, yogis will be greeted by an open-concept studio with nothing but nature acting as its walls. The teacher here is incredibly friendly (and flexible) and gives each student individual attention during each class to help them better their practice. Bodhi Tree Cafe offers a hatha yoga class at 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. as well as acro yoga for beginners at 6 p.m. For more information about their classes, be sure to check out their Facebook! The best part about these classes is that each one ends with a freshly squeezed juice … what could be better than that?
- Drop-in: ฿200 (includes a glass of fresh juice)
Yoga Kuukan is a quaint studio that is almost entirely hidden by lush foliage. If it were not for the small sign out front, you just might miss it. With that being said, it is one of our favorite places to practice yoga in Chiang Mai. The studio is located on the second floor of the Thai-style home. The room is almost entirely wooden, with hanging lights providing class attendees with a romantic ambiance in which to develop their practice.
The teachers are also incredibly friendly and accommodating, providing visitors with alternatives to every pose in case some are too difficult to twist your way through. There are no mirrors, allowing visitors to throw self-doubt to the wind and simply go with the pose as instructed. With that being said, one of the best things about Yoga Kuukan is that all of the classes are beginner-friendly, so you do not need to worry about attempting poses you will not be able to untangle yourself out of later on. Drop-ins are welcome, and yogis are encouraged to show up about 15 minutes before class to sign in and get their equipment ready. Yoga mats and water are provided.
*Be aware that classes will only take place if there are two or more participants
- Drop-in: ฿300
Location: 72 Moon Muang Road, Soi 9, Chiang Mai, Thailand — VIEW MAP
Hours: the studio is currently closed until mid-June, so be sure to check their website before deciding to take a class!
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